pan into the fire. there are reports, for instance, that the administration was struggling, months ago, overworked -- over whether we should intervene in syria and support the rebels. again, the two schools of thought are, you want to support the rebels because assad, let's say, is not a good person. you would hope that, while -- when he is overthrown, as likely seems the case, the united states will have an influence in the new government if we are aiding and abetting them early on. on the other hand, you don't know what you're going to get. we have seen in egypt, where we had mubarak, a u.s. ally -- he was overthrown. now the verdict is still out. you can even go back to the 1979 iranian resolution, where the united states is allied with the shot of a rant -- the shaw of iran -- the shah of iran.